Re: Objective versus subjective reality: which is primary?

From: Chris Capel (
Date: Tue Jul 19 2005 - 12:09:11 MDT

> And this point gives rise to an interesting asymmetry. While it's easier
> to explain the existence of objective reality based on subjective reality
> than vice versa, it seems like it's probably easier to explain the details
> of subjective reality based on objective reality than vice versa. Of course,
> this is largely speculative, since right now we don't know how to do either
> -- we can't explain particle physics based on subjectivist developmental
> psychology, but nor can we explain the nature of conscious experience based
> on brain function. However, my intuition is that the latter is an easier
> task, and will be achieved sooner.

How is the former possible at all? Or, alternatively, haven't we already
done it? All that's necessary to explain particle physics starting with
subjective reality is to formulate a theory of objective reality from
subjective experience and go from there. Or did you have something
fundamentally different in mind? I have a hard time visualizing what it
would be.

Chris Capel

"What is it like to be a bat? What is it like to bat a bee? What is it like 
to be a bee being batted? What is it like to be a batted bee?"
-- The Mind's I (Hofstadter, Dennet)

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